The Stone Coyotes

Rock Another Day

by The Stone Coyotes

Released 2014
Red Cat Records
Released 2014
Red Cat Records
  • 04:38 Lyrics
    The Fall of Babylon

    A man came crawling out of the desert

    Said, “I thought I heard a battle cry

    The sun looking down so cruel

    Was fixing me with a baleful eye”

     

    Mother, do you hear the drumming?

    Don’t you know I’ve been called upon?

    Father, they are singing something

    About the fall of Babylon

     

    “You can bring me home but this house

                                            will not hold me

    I’m a stranger in a strange land

    I see the dragons at the gate

    From a silver ship sailing on the sand

     

    Give me no medicine – Give me no comfort

    This blanket feels like a funeral shroud

    Bring me my spear – Bring me my armor

    The voices are beckoning much too loud"

     

    Wringing her hands she called for the doctor

    The doctor said, “This is delirium”

    “No, no, Doctor”, he said, “You are mistaken

    Look behind you – Here they come”

     

    She said, “Do you not see the sunlight

                                    through the window

    The rose on the vine as we stand at your side?”

    He raised his fevered head from the pillow

    Just before he sank back and died, he said…

  • 03:18 Lyrics
    Mary, Where Were You?

    Dead man on the village green

    A killer got away unseen

    You’re out of breath – What does it mean?

    Mary, where were you?

     

    You answered so evasively

    I said, “Do not lie to me

    It’s murder in the first degree

    Mary, where were you?"

     

    Mary, where were you that night

    When the shots were fired and the birds took flight?

    Your alibi, it don’t feel right

    Mary, where were you?

     

    You told me you were home in bed

    That’s not what your sister said

    Your plain white dress was stained all red

    Mary, where were you?

     

    Six-gun down at the bottom of a well

    Sister swore she’d never tell

    Now she thinks she’ll burn in Hell

    Mary, where were you?

     

    Rumors spread – Suspicions grow

    Now the sheriff wants to know

    On Friday night a week ago

    Mary, where were you?

     

    Tell the truth – Tell it straight

    How a woman spurned lay in wait

    Undying love turned to hate

    Mary, where were you?

  • 04:33 Lyrics
    Peace in the Valley

    He looks so familiar

    You’ve seen him around

    He’s the one slouching in the doorway

    Just before the walls come down

     

    He acts a little shifty

    He’s got that vacant stare

    I don’t know why he seems to multiply

    Now you find him everywhere

     

    Here comes trouble climbing in your window

    I’m in the alley – I got hit with a low blow

    I don’t believe what they say on the radio

        (Who stole the gold at the end of the rainbow?)

    Peace in the valley? I don’t think so

     

    I went down to the seaside

    Thought I’d go for a swim

    Shadow on the boardwalk gave me quite a shock

    I said, “Oh no, not him”

    He was right behind me

    I said, “This is all I need”

    I thought I heard him mumble to himself

    “I’ve got half a mind to make you bleed”

     

    I turned on the TV

    Uh-oh there’s another one

    Just a crackpot thinkin’ he’s a hotshot

    Beatin’ on the war drum

     

    He likes to rattle his saber

    I’d like to take it by force

    Leave him out on the field of battle

    Cryin’, “My kingdom for a horse”

  • 04:22 Lyrics
    A Ghost of a Chance

    Death and I have a nodding acquaintance

    Met on a few occasions, that’s all

    He said, “You’re close to the edge

    But don’t worry – I’ll catch you when you fall”

     

    I said, “Thanks for the offer

    I didn’t know you were the chivalrous kind”

    And then I ran for my life

    Leaving him smiling behind

     

    Run away when he whispers your name

    Say no if he asks you to dance

    Run away – He says, “This is my game

    You don’t stand a ghost of a chance”

     

    Time went by and I almost forgot him

    Then once in a crowded room

    For no reason at all

    I felt the chill of the tomb

     

    That night I heard on the stairway

    A light but somehow ominous tread

    It made me sit up and take notice

    He bowed from the waist at the foot of my bed

     

    He said, “To continue our conversation

    Did you know I’m considered a patron of the arts?

    I’ve been the subject of sonnets

    I’ve stopped a lot of hearts”

     

    I said, “I’m well aware of your reputation

    But I must decline with regret

    Your kind invitation

    Some day but not yet, not yet”

  • 03:40 Lyrics
    Let the Wild Horse Run

    If only she were free to roam

    Wide open spaces would be her home

    She was born to wander - Don’t make her wait

    Don’t fence her in - Open up the gate

     

    People say 

    She’s a crazy one

    She’s kickin’ down the barn door

    Let the wild horse run

     

    Meek and mild – She’s not one of those

    No fancy dresses – No ribbons and bows

    You can’t keep her under lock and key

    She’ll break the chains eventually

     

    There she goes – She cut the ties that bind

    Through the hills and valleys where the rivers wind

    Finally free from her prison cell

    You can hear callin’, cryin’ out with a rebel yell

  • 04:28 Lyrics
    The Hard Hills

    I’m alone below a desolate sky

    You’re all the way to Abilene

    I started to write you a song of farewell

    But I express so much less than what I mean

     

    Out here in the hard hills

    Your song has gone astray

    Yes, words are the devil sometimes

    They wouldn’t do you justice anyway

     

    There’s a vicious wind tonight

    Made me lose that muse of mine

    The verses run away and hide behind my back

    Laugh and refuse to rhyme

     

    Once again I pick up the pen

    To say I miss your sweet embrace

    Then I cross it out and tear up the page

    It all seems so commonplace

     

    It’s no use, no use at all

    I’ll love you in silence till I die

    While the moon looks down on a poor little fool

    Who can’t even say goodbye

  • 04:12 Lyrics
    Rock Another Day

    When I was little baby

    When I was a little child

    I used to make my mother crazy

    I used to drive her wild

     

    Lyin’ in my cradle

    Cryin’ in my bed

    Night after night

    This is what I said

     

    The stars that burn above me

    I call from far away

    Anybody up there love me?

    Let me rock another day

     

    It was a near thing

    It was a narrow escape

    I turned to my comrade in arms

    He was in bad shape

     

    He said. “I felt the bullet

    Before I heard the gun”

    I said, “Come on, let’s get out of this

    Dire situation”

     

    If you see me in the alley

    Lookin’ worse for wear

    This Sword of Damocles

    Is more than I can bear

     

    We know our days are numbered

    Dare we ask for more?

    I’m not ready for the tolling bell

    Or the wreath upon the door

  • 04:27 Lyrics
    Pretty Baby Jane

    They warned her he was no good

    A long long time ago

    She never saw the storm clouds comin’

    Or heard the thunder rumblin’ low

     

    Now she’s crawlin’ through the back streets

    Like a creature from the wild

    Tryin’ to find the man she loves

    Wailin’ like a child

     

    She said, “I’m searchin’ on the south side

    In the lightning and the rain

    Lookin’ for the one who used to call me

    His pretty Baby Jane”

     

    She said, “I believed

    All the sweet lies he told

    Then someone saw him dancin’

    With a girl nineteen years old

     

    One night I saw him drivin’

    A two-tone Cadillac

    He had his arm around

    A lady dressed in black”

     

    She said, “The years sure took their toll

    He might not recognize me now

    I want to get the heart he stole

    And take it back somehow

     

    So I’m prowlin’ all around the town

    Carryin’ a black cat bone

    Underneath a stormy sky

    Howlin’ all alone

  • 03:55 Lyrics
    Don't Come Cryin' to Me

    You’ve got a lot of transgressions

    Where do I begin?

    When my chips were down

    You liked to rub it in

     

    I’ve been the soul of discretion

    I’ve been a true blue friend

    But what good did it do me

    In the end?

     

    No – No – No – No

    Don’t come cryin’ to me

    Don’t come cryin’ to me

    Cry Cry Cry Cry baby, cry

     

    Always at your beck and call

    Why’d you have to alienate

    The only one who ever loved you at all

    And now it’s too late

     

    It’s just a matter of time

    Before your bridges burn

    I might sit on the sidelines

    And watch your bridges burn

     

    You should’ve seen the light

    A long time ago

    The old saying’s right

    You reap what you sow

     

    So don’t expect me to send you

    A sympathy card

    I’m sayin’ Bye Bye baby, goodbye

    Try not to take it too hard

  • 04:28 Lyrics
    It Changed Me

    The things that used to matter

    They don’t matter anymore

    I shake my head and wonder

    What I wasted all that time for

     

    The glory of an hour

    When I threw whole years away, you see

    Now I count as gold

    To have but not to hold

    It changed me

     

    And I awoke

    Cut by the blade of Truth

    Now if I could just remember

    Where I misplaced my youth

    Lost along the wayside

    Left behind so carelessly

    It will not be returned

    Another lesson learned

    It changed me

     

    One sunny morning

    I saw a great bird take flight

    I couldn’t help it

    I shivered like the day was night

     

    I watched it go over

    And on beyond the sea

    The pattern on the wing

    Told me everything

    It changed me

     

    Once I knew a boy

    He liked to jump and shout

    “Catch me if you can”

    His light flickered and went out

     

    And even though you don’t want to

    You see things differently

    He could run just like the wind

    He was swift and thin

    It changed me

     

    A troubadour was singing

    “Precious little do we own

    Fragments of an old song

    Last lines unknown”

     

    I heard it from a distance

    I couldn’t catch the melody

    But Lord, it haunts me still

    And it always will

    It changed me

  • 03:20 Lyrics
    A Rude Awakening (Revisited)

    I went to bed and I closed my eyes
    Tried to sing myself lullabies
    No such luck – I said mercy me
    Got taken out of my reverie
    And then I heard three ravens sing
    “You’re in for a rude awakening”

    I met a man, a gambler by trade
    He was sitting pretty, yes he had it made
    A high stakes game, no walk in the park
    The deck was stacked and the cards were marked
    He said, “I might have to pawn my diamond ring
    I’m in for a rude awakening”

    The moon looked down and the hour was late
    I dreamed of wolves at the door and barbarians
    at the gate
    Of a piece of parchment rolled up thin
    That the messenger brought as he leaned right in
    And gave cold comfort to the king
    It read, “You’re in for a rude awakening”

    I tossed and turned, beset by fears
    My pillow was wet with tears
    Nero grinned, said, “There’s a lesson to be learned
    You know what I was doing while my city burned”
    And he dragged the bow across the strings
    Said, “You’re in for a rude awakening”